LSU inaugurates $34 million Chemistry Materials Building

LSU inaugurates $34 million Chemistry and Materials Building

10:49 AM, 15th October 2012
LSU inaugurates $34 million Chemistry and Materials Building
Governor Bobby Jindal, along with LSU administrators and faculty and student representatives, officially cut the ribbon on the Chemistry and Materials Science Building.

BATON ROUGE, US: Governor Bobby Jindal, along with Louisiana State University (LSU) administrators and faculty and student representatives, officially cut the ribbon on the Chemistry and Materials Science Building. The Jindal administration invested nearly $34 million to build the new facility.

“Research conducted in this new facility will have real-world applications in our state and will be applied to manufacturing techniques, healthcare and energy production. This facility will expand the university’s research capacity in synthetic chemistry and provide critical facilities for research in materials science and engineering,” said Jindal.

The five-story, state-of-the-art facility, provides more than 85,000 gross square feet of research laboratory space and support facilities. Research space for the Department of Chemistry will be increased by 50 per cent.

The first floor of the building, dedicated to a materials-characterization facility, will provide a centralized resource for electron microscopes and other sophisticated instruments. The second through fourth floors house laboratories specifically designed for synthetic chemistry and materials science, as well as faculty and staff offices and instrumentation rooms.

The fifth floor will contain clean rooms for micro-fabrication and four additional labs specifically designated for collaborative interdisciplinary research programmes. The state provided funding for the building, enough to erect the structure and complete the first four floors. The fifth floor will be completed in 2013, informed LSU officials.

Louisiana’s chemical industry employs more than 30,000 and generates almost $1 billion annually in tax revenues. “This new facility will play a critical role in helping our chemical and engineering students get the world-class skills they need to find great jobs. That in turn will make Louisiana even more attractive to companies looking to invest, expand and create jobs here in Louisiana,” added Jindal.

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